Raptors Dismantle Warriors, Win by a Record-Setting 53 Point Margin
Didn’t take long for Gary Trent Jr. to set a new franchise record with the Toronto Raptors.
On Friday evening, the Raptors put together a huge bounce back performance, pun intended. Behind Trent’s team record +54 net rating, the Raptors absolutely obliterated the Golden State Warriors by a score of 130-77.
Playing without Kyle Lowry and overcoming an early injury to Fred VanVleet, the Raptors held a lead as high as 61 at one point in a game that turn as lopsided as humanly imaginable. Birthday boy Pascal Siakam led the way for Toronto with 36 points, grabbing seven boards and dishing out five dimes in the process, while Trent scored 24 points and OG Anunoby added 21 points of his own.
“We just got destroyed. Not a lot to be said,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr explained after the game. “Humiliating. For everybody involved.”
It was truly a humiliation in every facet of the game.
The Raptors were a commanding +15 on the glass, swatted 9 more shots, forced 21 turnovers, and doubled up the Warriors in scoring in the paint. The Raptors had 24 fast break points to the Warriors zero and shot the ball at a 20 percent higher clip for the evening. Plain and simple, one team showed up while the other team did not.
“Losing is not fun, and anything that lifts us out of that is good,” said Siakam, after a franchise-record setting night. “The hardest thing to do when you’re losing is to stay together, and that’s what we’ve been trying to do. Obviously, it’s just one game and we’ve got to get some wins in a row.”
The Raptors will now look to build on Friday night’s victory as they get set to take on the Washington Wizards on Monday evening.